Restore Regenerative Foodware: A New Way to Save the Ocean

Restore Regenerative Foodware: A New Way to Save the Ocean


Restore Regenerative Foodware, a company in Southern California has created an AirCarbon reusable food cutlery set and straws that will help reduce some of the eight million metric tons of trash that are dumped into the ocean every single year. 


The product, which includes a fork, knife, and spoon in a cloth pouch, retails for $4.99 and is available at Target, online, or in stores, along with “jumbo” AirCarbon straws, and – soon to be introduced – cocktail straws. 


AirCarbon is a regenerative material made by combining the PHB (Polyhydroxy butyrate) from the air and greenhouse gas. It can help solve plastic pollution and climate change, according to the Restore company website.


According to The Restore Foodware, “AirCarbon is made by microorganisms that are found in the ocean. It is made by life, meltable, and high-performance.”


Unlike AirCarbon products, synthetic plastic requires 20 to 500 years to decompose because a huge number of tiny molecules form plastics, and bacteria take more time than AirCarbon to break them down, reports ThoughtCo


According to the Plastic Pollution website, “In the past 10 years, we’ve made more plastic than in the last century… humans are addicted to this nearly indestructible material.”


Since AirCarbon uses natural materials, nature can absorb them as food for regrowth, says the Restore company on their website. 


Every day, plants make use of greenhouse gasses to synthesize sugar and oxygen. They call this photosynthesis. “Nevertheless, trees pull carbon from the air to make new leaves, and coral reefs extract carbon from seawater to grow,” the Restore website says.


One question inspired Mark Herrema, the Restore Co-Founder, and CEO in 2003, “What if we could use the technology in nature to turn greenhouse gas into valuable materials and produce them to improve people’s lives?” For the next 10 years, the company researched the possibilities before inventing the Air Carbon. “We don’t have endless time, we have got to fix this, and we have got to fix this now,” mentioned Mark Herrema.


“The challenge is massive, but we can’t give up,” concludes Herrema. “We think everyone should be able to easily see the carbon impact of their products, so they can decide for themselves what kind of impact they want to make,” advised Herrema. The Restore website claimed, “In our journey, we have learned that the future is not set, help us write a new story.”